Rodney Jack Gayman
March 21, 1931-March 25, 2001
IRRIGON Rodney Jack Gayman died on March 25, at his home in Irrigon at the age of 70.
Jack was born on March 21, 1931, in Prosser, Wash., to Bart H. and Opal Mosley Gayman. His family moved to Benton City, Wash., in 1942. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Korea.
Jack married Jeanette A. Platt on July 17, 1953, in Pendleton. They lived in Stanfield for a short time where he woked on a farm. He then went to work at the Umatilla Army Depot as a mill wright. They moved to Ordinance for a short time and then to Irrigon in 1953, where he had lived since.
He worked at the Army Depot until the early 1970s. In 1974, he started driving school bus for the Irrigon School District and also worked for the city of Irrigon in the parks and recreation department. Jack was a member of the V.F.W., PERS, FERS and American Quarter Horse Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drives in the mountains, rodeos and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Vickie and Roy Moyer of Milton-Freewater; son, Ron Bacon of Boise, Idaho; sisters, Irene Corliss of Stanfield and Sharon Staton of Kennewick, Wash.; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews, cousins; and great nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Gayman, in 1998 and his parents.
A graveside funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 28, at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.